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Cycling into Vancouver

Posted by Fin on 26 September 2009

Thomas informed us of an excellent bike path from downtown Victoria for the 35km all the way to the ferry at Sidney. An old railway line = flat = happy. The weather was superb so many weekend bikers were out. My Alaska number plate and heavy load attracted alot of attention on the bike path - we met Erik who retired from BC Ferries a few years back. We cycled together for a while then we stopped for a coffee and he pedalled on. An hour later he was standing on the middle of the path minus bike. 'I was just telling me wife I met these two Brits on this extraordinary journey, I only live 200 yards away, come in and meet my wife and have a beer'. We had 30 mins before the ferry from Vancouver Island so it was an easy decision. I felt a bit giddy walking onto the ferry! oops

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Victoria, Vancouver Island

Posted by Fin on 26 September 2009

Arriving into Victoria was like cycling into downtown LA after 54 days in the wilderness. My friend Will had put us in touch with Thomas and Michelle, who he'd met on holiday in Mexico several years ago. They kindly let us stay for 4 days. It was an excellent break from the road as we had time to relaxthis time as well as fix bikes, resupply, blog, etc etc. They have a cute little kid called Elliot who kept us entertained during our stay.

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Stewart, Hyder and Prince Rupert

Posted by Alex on 24 September 2009

Throughout our trip, everybody coming from the south has told us to go to Stewart and Hyder, both to see the glaciers and more importantly the bears that congregate there to feed on the spawning Salmon. The road to Stewart is an amazing 67km stretch , with glaciers and waterfalls coming right down to the road. Arriving in Stewart after this is even more surreal, as we come from a high mountain environment straight into a fishing and mining port town, with salty air filling our nostrils and mist lingering over the relatively warm sea waters, quite the contrast.

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4 comments. Tags: , . Location: Victoria, Canada

Vancouver Island

Posted by Fin on 24 September 2009

We packed up our soaking wet tents at 430am in Prince Rupert, B.C. in time to catch the ferry to Port Hardy at the top of Vancouver Island. Cycling in morning dark and torrential rain was not ideal but it was excellent to ride to the front of the ferry queue and be on the boat before the cars. The 16hour journey through the Inside Passage did not disappoint - too many humpback whales and Killer whales to count as well as waterfalls and a fabulous 45 minute tour of the bridge.

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4 comments. Tags: , . Location: Victoria, Canada

Newsletter #2 has been send

Posted by Henk-Jan on 23 September 2009

We have just send out the second newsletter. Did you miss it?? Well here you can see the newsletter online.

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Newsletter #3 has been send

Posted by Henk-Jan on 23 September 2009

We have just send out the third newsletter. Did you miss it?? Well here you can see the newsletter online.

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Capturing the images: LaCie rugged external hard drive

Posted by Suzanne on 22 September 2009

Our cyclers don’t just cycle half the globe, they also film it. When we sent our four adventurers into the unknown, we made sure they went on their way well packed. With camping equipment, cameras, laptops and the all important external hard drives to keep their stories safe and sound.

These external hard drives provided by LaCie form an essential part of Going South. Almost every day, despite of torrential rains and rocky mountain paths, the two teams keep video diaries and film their experiences. All this footage needs to be stored somewhere, even when they are in the middle of nowhere with no electricity in sight.

The LaCie rugged external hard drive is made to work and survive in these harsh conditions and surroundings. It has a scratch-protected aluminum shell and shock-resistant rubber bumper. On top of that, it’s rated shock-proof up to 2.2 meters. The LaCie drive plugs into almost any computer anywhere for instant storage and backup and offers high speed of up to 800 Mbits/s.

Each time our film crew goes out to meet the cyclers, we transfer the footage and empty the drives. This continuous cycle will eventually provide us with all the beautiful images, which will make up an essential part of this 13 episode documentary.

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Turning South

Posted by Alex on 21 September 2009

Finally heading south, our spirits lifted, even with the incessant rain. The road had changed however, we were no longer on a broad highway extending out of sight on the horizon, the Cassiar Highway was much narrower with no shoulder, winding around and over innumerable hills bordered closely be thick forest. We were also to undergo a kind of initiation right, 25 km of thick and muddy gravel, which brought back traumatic memories of the our first section up on the Dalton highway in Northern Alaska.

After 80km of rain and no views, we were wondering what all the hype was about on this highway, reputedly one of the most stunning rides in Canada… Patience is a virtue. Arriving at Boya lake, we immediately understood, turquoise lakes and stunning mountains appeared seemingly out of nowhere and just got more impressive rounding each bend.

Needless to say the 400km were absolutely stunning, not knowing where to look and how to take it all in, it was awe inspiring. Cycling through this scenery is really the best way to take it all in and appreciate the most. Nevertheless, we still felt the urge to snap away constantly trying to capture the sights, knowing all along that no photo could do the slightest justice to this spectacle. It was worth a try.

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Heading back to the Coast on the Yellowhead Highway B.C.

Posted by Fin on 19 September 2009

At the end of the 700mile Cassiar Highway we turned west onto the Yellowhead highway to head to the coast to catch the ferry through the inside passage to Vancouver Island.

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Bears and glaciers in Hyder and Stewart

Posted by Fin on 19 September 2009

We are really behind on blogs due to lack of any civilisation on the Cassiar in B.C - We are now on Vancouver Island soaked to the bone after 2 days of non stop rain and 25mph winds. Here are some photos from a week or so ago. Best time so far in Hyder and Stewart - two border towns, one in Alaska and one in Canada - ghost towns with bears a plenty feeding on salmon and massive glaciers. Superb!

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